Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – October 22nd 2019 – Audrey Driscoll #Peeves – Janice Spina #Children – D.G. Kaye #MovieReview

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from Audrey Driscoll, who probably speaks for most of us when it comes to the little niggles in life that drive us crazy… I am sure Audrey would love to hear what niggles peeve you the most!

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Ten Little Things That Bug Me

A while ago, I wrote a post complaining about parking lot design. It was going to be the first of a series of grumbles. Since then I’ve realized that writing a string of posts whining about “first world problems” isn’t the best use of my blogging time. So I’ve bundled all the small things that bug me into one post.

This one.

These are low-level annoyances that regularly make me say “Why…?” They’re things — poorly-designed physical objects, not human behaviour. Many aspects of human behaviour (individual and collective) bug me, and many more sadden and enrage. Maybe I’ll get into some of them in future posts. For now, I’m sweating the small stuff.
Such as…

  • Noisy yard machines. Sometimes my corner of suburbia sounds like a war zone with competing roars from lawn mowers, string trimmers, and leaf blowers.
  • Scented dryer sheets and laundry soaps. Nose-twisting synthetic “perfumes” with names like “April Fresh” and “Mountain Breeze” wafting from dryer vents in the neighbourhood. And I’m not even allergic!

Head over and read and enjoy the rest of the list and add your own notes:

Audrey Driscoll, Buy:
Blog:   Goodreads: Audrey on Goodreads

To view all of Audrey’s books please visit her Amazon page.


The next post is from children’s and thriller writer Janice Spina on the subject of getting children to read. She asks Are Books Better than Tablets for Children? In my view, anything that gets a child to read is great, but that a print book for a child is a treasure that they will keep and look at frequently..

Are Books Better than Tablets for Children?

This is an excellent question as today’s technology is so important to all of us. I read an interesting and informative post, Study: Books May Foster Bonding Better Than Tablets by Linda Carroll that was published in New Hampshire Union Leader on October 1, 2019.

Here are some excerpts from this excellent post: Parents and children both appear more engaged when stories are read from a book, researchers say.

Toddlers appear to be much more engaged with their parents when stories are read to them from books rather than digital tablets, a new study finds.

It may be that when parents and toddlers engage over a tablet, it might be harder for them to have moments of connection, said Dr. Tiffany Munzer, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who led the study.

Head over and find out more about the study and add your views in the comments:

Janice Spina, Buy:
Blog: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.comGoodreads:

Please visit Amazon or Janice’s blog to view all her books for adults and children.

And finally a five star film review from D.G.Kaye (Debby Gies) for Ladies in Black, set in an Australian department store in the late 1950s. I watched the film some time ago and loved it and can add my recommendation to Debby’s.

Available on Amazon

Sunday Movie Review with D.G. Kaye – Ladies in Black

It’s Sunday Book Review time, and once again, I’m sneaking in a movie I recently watched – Ladies in Black, written by Madeline St. John. This movie is a story that takes place in the 1959 era, where women’s jobs consisted mostly of being a secretary or working in retail sales. The movie depicts the lives of 4 women who work in Goode’s Department store in Sydney, Australia at a time where European migration changes the landscape of Australia with cultural changes, a mixing of class structure, and the rise of Women’s Liberation.

Head over to find out more about the movie and Debby’s review:

D. G. Kaye – Buy:
Blog: Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Catch up with Debby’s Travel Column here every month:

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

29 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – October 22nd 2019 – Audrey Driscoll #Peeves – Janice Spina #Children – D.G. Kaye #MovieReview

  1. Thank you, Sally, for these good picks. I enjoyed Audrey’s and Debby’s pieces before, but I hadn’t seen Janice’s post. I’ll bet you know which way I’m leaning—books all the way, especially for younger children. I left a comment on her blog.

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